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penal

adjective uk   /ˈpiː.nəl/ us  

penal adjective (PUNISHMENT)

[before noun] of or connected with punishment given by law: Many people believe that execution has no place in the penal system of a civilized society. He had been in and out of penal institutions (= prison) from the age of 16.

penal adjective (CAUSING DISADVANTAGE)

UK having a harmful effect; causing disadvantage: They complained about the penal and counter-productive tax rates. Employees regarded the childcare charges as penal.
Translations of “penal”
in Spanish Penal, Severo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 懲罰的, 刑罰的, 懲誡(性)的…
in Russian уголовный, наказуемый…
in Turkish cezaî, ceza ile ilgili…
in Chinese (Simplified) 惩罚的, 刑罚的, 惩诫(性)的…
in Polish karny…
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